Elgin Fire Stations Collect Winter Outerwear to Benefit the Community Crisis Center
Elgin, IL – Winter outerwear is being accepted for donation now through December 25, 2019 at all Elgin fire stations. Gently used coats and winter wear, collected on behalf of the Community Crisis Center, will be distributed to men, women and children at no cost throughout the cold weather season.
This year, the Community Crisis Center has a high demand for adult coats, especially larger sizes. Used items should be clean and without missing buttons or broken zippers. Please limit coat donations to warm jackets, parkas and coats. Other items accepted include gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, boots & snow pants.
Donations can be delivered to any of Elgin's seven fire stations. Fire station locations are available at cityofelgin.org/firestations.
Health experts report that even a two degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn in these conditions. A warm coat helps solve that problem. However, for the nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra.”
“We are so pleased to assist in this effort each year to provide adequate warm clothing to those in need in our community," said Fire Chief David Schmidt.
Elgin Fire Station 5 has worked with the Community Crisis Center the past six years to organize the department's role in collecting items for the clothing drive. The collections are delivered to the Community Crisis Center on a weekly basis, typically carrying at least 10 bags of coats.
For more information, please contact District #5 Captain Dan Wagner at 224-422-0134.